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Yosemite National Park


Rushing waterfalls, meandering rivers, towering cliffs and quiet meadows are all packed together in Yosemite valley. Millions of visitors flock to this glacier carved valley each year to take in the spendor. Families will love the easy walking paths, bike rides, and challenging hikes that abound in Yosemite. Campground reservations in the valley for summer months are mostly reserved in the spring but a few scarce spots may open up last minute for a memorable overnight stay. Or find a first-come, first-served campground in the beautiful high country of Yosemite for a great vacation. Whatever you choose, adventure and beauty await!  

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Top Activities for Kids

In Yosemite National Park
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Tunnel View at Yosemite
Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, California

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Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake, On Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, California

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Ice-Skating rink at Curry Village
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, California

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Mono Lake - South Tufa State Reserve
Hwy 120 South Mono Lake, Lee Vining, California

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June Mountain Ski Area
3819 California 158, June Lake, California

Top Hotels for Kids

In Yosemite National Park
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Juniper Springs Resort
4000 Meridian Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, California

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The Redwoods in Yosemite
8038 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park, California

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Tenaya Lodge Cottages (previously "Apple Tree Inn")
1110 Highway 41, Fish Camp, California

Tamarack Lodge
163 Twin Lakes Road, Mammoth Lakes, California

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The Lodge at Sierra Nevada Resort
164 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, California

Top Restaurants for Kids

In Yosemite National Park
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Rafters Restaurant
202 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, California

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John's Pizza Works
3499 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes, California

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Pizza Deck - Curry Village
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, California

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Mammoth Rock Brasserie
3029 Chateau Rd., Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

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Coffee Corner/Ice Cream - Curry Village
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, California

Top Lists for Yosemite National Park

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1. Bridalveil Fall

The 0.5 mile round trip trail to the base of Bridalveil Fall is a quick jaunt along a paved path. Strollers will be easy to push until the final, very steep...

2. El Capitan Meadow

This meadow is framed by the towering El Capitan cliff and the quiet Merced River flowing through the valley. The narrow and winding trail through the meado...

3. Happy Isles Nature Center

Outside of the Nature Center at Happy Isles is a crisscrossing of trails and meanders through the woods and little islands along the Merced River. Several b...

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1. Big Trees Lodge

2. Pioneer Yosemite History Center

3. Meadow Loop

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1. Bridalveil Creek Campground

Open end of June to September. Located south of Yosemite Valley on the road to Glacier Point. 7-8,000 foot elevation. Very small creek nearby (no where ne...

2. Tamarack Flat Campground

Open May - October. No RVs or Trailers. No pets, no running water. Located near the Big Oak Flat Entrance. Probably the closest no-reservations campgroun...

3. White Wolf Campground

Open June - September. Located on the road to Tuolumne Meadows, north of Yosemite Valley. 7-8,000 foot elevation. Very shady with pine trees. A small hot...

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1. Upper Pines Yosemite Valley Campgrounds

Open year round. Max RV length is 35 ft. Reservations required between March 15- Nov 30. Daily fee of $20. Located in Yosemite Valley. Elevation 4000'. ...

2. North Pines Yosemite Valley Campground

Open between April and October. Max RV length is 40 feet. Reservations required. Daily fee $20. Located in Yosemite Valley. Elevation 4000'. Handicap c...

3. Lower Pines Yosemite Valley Campground

Open April to November. Max RV length is 40 feet. Reservations required. Daily fee $20. Located in Yosemite Valley. Elevation 4,000'. Handicap and grou...

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1. Yosemite Valley Lodge

Located in the park on the valley floor within viewing of Yosemite Falls.

2. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Located in the park on the valley floor within views of Half Dome and Glacier Point.

3. Big Trees Lodge

Located in the park near the south entrance. Approximately 30-45 minute drive to the valley floor. Hiking, pioneer village and golf course nearby.

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1. El Capitan Meadow

The Merced River flows slowly through this meadow under the towering cliff of El Capitan. Popular for families with sandy beaches and shallow water.

2. Happy Isles Nature Center

The river flowing next to Happy Isles Nature Center can provide some fun wading in the summer. Spring and early summer can mean high water flows which would...

3. Housekeeping Camp

The beach along the Merced River next to Housekeeping Camp is very popular for families to sunbathe, picnic, wade, raft, and swim. Rafting is allowed from S...

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1. Tunnel View at Yosemite

Make this your first stop on your way into Yosemite when traveling on Hwy 41 from Fresno. After you drive through the long tunnel there will be a pull out o...

2. Bridalveil Fall

Make this your second stop into Yosemite Valley. It's not easy to get to this location once you are further into the valley because of the one-way loop driv...

3. Yosemite Falls

This falls is easily accessed from a 1/2 mile paved trail that starts near Yosemite Lodge. Park your car for the day in one of the many lots and take the sh...

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1. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Non-guests of the Ahwahnee are welcomed into it's lobby, gift shop and very large 2 story high lobby rooms flanked with immense fireplaces and comfortable ch...

2. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Teach your kids to ski and snowboard in Yosemite at this, CA's first established ski area. 10 runs and 5 lifts are available with a mix of beginner, interme...

3. Bridalveil Fall

The 1/4 mile trail to the base of Bridalveil Fall is open year round and provides a spectacular view.

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1. Goat Meadow Snow Play Area

A free snow play area located north of Fish Camp on Highway 41. Access road is 1 mile long and is unplowed. Snow chains or 4 wheel drive required. Located...

2. Crane Flat Campground

A free snow play area located on the Big Oak Flat Road to the west of Yosemite Valley on Highway 120. Located inside the park boundary.

3. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Kids of all ages will have fun sliding over the snow in the Yosemite Snow Tubing area of Badger Pass. $15 per person, per 2-hour session. Sessions (depende...